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Shenandoah University’s Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program welcomes international undergraduate and graduate-level students to prepare for success in their academic careers by providing a comprehensive course of instruction including 20 hours per week of coursework in oral communication (speaking and listening), reading, writing, and grammar in use offered on campus so that students are fully immersed into the American collegiate experience. Courses are taught at the intermediate and advanced levels only. IESL classes are non-credit bearing. Successful completion of the IESL program is proficiency based as determined by attainment of TOEFL/IELTS scores that meet university admissions requirements.

Admission to IESL is open to international students with minimum scores of 45 on iBT (Internet TOEFL), 450 on Paper TOEFL, or 5.0 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Upon arrival to campus, students complete placement exams to determine their levels of listening/reading/grammar, speaking, and writing and are placed in four skills classes: oral communication (speaking and listening), reading, writing, and grammar in use. Classes meet five days per week for the entire semester. Skill classes run concurrently to allow students to be placed at appropriate levels by individual skill.

Students in IESL are also permitted to register for appropriate performance/activity classes that do not require English language proficiency.

The university also offers the program during an 8-week summer session.

In addition to IESL, the English as a Second Language Program also offers ES 195-English as a Second Language Bridge, a three-credit class for international students who have met university admissions requirements but desire more focused instruction in English. ESL 195 can be taken on its own or coupled with any 100 or 200 level course. Graduate students may choose to take this class along with any graduate-level course.

 

 

 


Course Requirements

Non-Native English Speaking (NNES) applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language in one of three ways:

  1. At least 48 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in a post-secondary institution in which English is the language of instruction.
  2. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
    School iBT (Internet TOEFL) Paper   IELTS*
    Arts & Sciences 79     550 6.5
    Business 79 550 6.5
    Conservatory 79   550 6.5
    Health Professions 83 558 n/a
    Nursing 83   558 n/a
    Pharmacy 79 550 6.5

    *International English Language Testing System
    The Shenandoah University TOEFL test code is 5613.

  1. SAT critical reading score of 450 or higher or ACT examination composite score of 19 or higher.

The Admissions Office must receive all transcripts and/or test scores no later than 14 business days before the start date of each term. No test score will be considered that is over 12 months old.

Conditional Admission of Non-Native English Speakers

Those students with minimum scores of 45 on iBT (Internet TOEFL), 450 on Paper TOEFL, or 5.0 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) may be granted conditional admission and must complete Shenandoah University’s Intensive English as a Second Language Program (IESL).